Are you at high risk for foot puncture wounds?
You are at risk if you walk barefoot or wear sandals or open-toed shoes that do not provide adequate protection for your feet. Additionally, people who work in construction, agriculture, or other occupations that involve manual labor or handling of sharp objects are also at a higher risk of sustaining puncture wounds in the foot.
Puncture wounds can be very dangerous.
- They are often deeper than they appear on the surface and may not bleed much, leading people to believe that they are not serious.
- Puncture wounds can introduce harmful bacteria into the body and cause infections.
- They can cause the need for a tetanus shot based on the object that created the wound and your medical history. It is extremely important to be up to date on your tetanus shot.
Symptoms of puncture wound:
- Difficulty Walking
Signs of puncture wound infection include:
- Pus or Discharge from the Wound
- Spreading Redness or Warmth
It is important to seek medical attention promptly with a puncture wound to the foot. With over 100 tendons, bones, and ligaments, extensive damage is easily done to the foot with a puncture wound. Antibiotics may also be needed to help keep infections at bay.
Are you looking for a foot puncture wound specialist in Philadelphia?
If you are looking for foot puncture wound care in Philadelphia, PA? Contact an experienced Healthmark Foot and Ankle Associate podiatrist today.